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Kathleen

Brooksville, ME, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • The Potato Factory: The Australian Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3450)
    Performance
    (2453)
    Story
    (2457)

    Always leave a little salt on the bread. Ikey Solomon's favorite saying is also his way of doing business, and in the business of thieving he's very successful indeed. Ikey's partner in crime is his mistress, the forthright Mary Abacus, until misfortune befalls them. They are parted and each must make the harsh journey from thriving nineteenth century London to the convict settlement of Van Diemen's Land.

    karen says: "Best audiobook of the year!"
    "Must be missing something"
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    Would you try another book from Bryce Courtenay and/or Humphrey Bower?

    doubt it, their sense of humor (?) is lost on me


    Would you ever listen to anything by Bryce Courtenay again?

    maybe


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I don't know- I didn't like the voices used but I also didn't like the characters.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Blah!


    Any additional comments?

    I'm baffled as to the super positive reviews- I thought the book boring, the narrative poor, the characters unappealing. For sure, it's my perspective. Please take this book back!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Leaving

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Karen Kingsbury
    • Narrated By Judy Young, Gabrielle de Cuir, Stefan Rudnicki, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (123)
    Performance
    (92)
    Story
    (91)

    The Bailey Flanigan series begins with Bailey leaving Bloomington for the adventure of a lifetime. She has won an audition for the ensemble of a Broadway musical in New York City. She's determined to take advantage of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, but is she really ready to leave family and friends for the loneliness of the city? And what of Cody? His disappearance has her worried about their future and praying that their love can survive.

    Pamela says: "Not for Me!"
    "over-worked"
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    This could've been a sweet story but the internal dialogues are so over-worked, over-done, too long! I wanted to like it but I just didn't and wanted the characters to just make a choice!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cloud Roads

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Martha Wells
    • Narrated By Christopher Kipiniak
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (545)
    Performance
    (478)
    Story
    (477)

    Moon has spent his life hiding what he is - a shape-shifter able to transform himself into a winged creature of flight. An orphan with only vague memories of his own kind, Moon tries to fit in among the tribes of his river valley, with mixed success. Just as Moon is once again cast out by his adopted tribe, he discovers a shape-shifter like himself... someone who seems to know exactly what he is, who promises that Moon will be welcomed into his community.

    Amazon Customer says: "M. Wells' RAKSURA books narrated by Chris Kipiniak"
    "Enjoyable!"
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    If you like fantasy and shapeshifters, this is a solid story with likeable characters within a created universe that make sense. The narrator does a good job. All in all, good fun.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Michael Chabon
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (826)
    Performance
    (724)
    Story
    (740)

    It's 1939, in New York City. Joe Kavalier, a young artist who has also been trained in the art of Houdiniesque escape, has just pulled off his greatest feat: smuggling himself out of Hitler's Prague. He's looking to make big money, fast, so that he can bring his family to freedom. His cousin, Brooklyn's own Sammy Clay, is looking for a partner in creating the heroes, stories, and art for the latest novelty to hit the American dreamscape: the comic book. Inspired by their own fantasies, fears, and dreams, they create the Escapist.

    Darwin8u says: "A World I DON'T Ever Want to Escape From."
    "Good fun!"
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    If you could sum up The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay in three words, what would they be?

    Fun.Curious. Engrossing


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay?

    When Joe Kavalier escapes to the states- the description of his journey with twists and turns and improbable luck (both bad and good) is absorbing.
    It's also true, the first conversation between Sammy and Joe as they walk along the street discussing potential characters is really fun.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay and why?

    Joe Kavalier is memorable because he works with what he has- the challenge of getting his family out of Europe, the challenge of making a life in the US, the desire to fight the Nazi regime even when those around him are not ready. A remarkable artist who made a difference.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lighthouse Land: The Lighthouse Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Adrian McKinty
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    Overall
    (229)
    Performance
    (182)
    Story
    (180)

    When Jamie’s mother inherits a small island and moves her little family from Harlem to Ireland, her troubled son sees a chance to start over, far away from the bullies and the pitying stares. Cancer has left Jamie without an arm or the will to speak. But Muck Island is no sanctuary, and it offers more than solitude and sea views. Jamie learns that he is heir to an ancient title—Laird of Muck, Guardian of the Passage—and certain otherworldly responsibilities.

    Kathy says: "Brilliant!"
    "Enjoyable"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is a fun story, fairly well written, characters worth getting to know, and a good reader. While the Lighthouse Land is improbable, the characters' journeys are worth the trip


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    let down but ok


    What about Gerard Doyle’s performance did you like?

    He didn't get in the way of the story.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    no


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Way of Kings: Book One of The Stormlight Archive

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11055)
    Performance
    (8488)
    Story
    (8540)

    Roshar is a world of stone and storms. Uncanny tempests of incredible power sweep across the rocky terrain so frequently that they have shaped ecology and civilization alike. Animals hide in shells, trees pull in branches, and grass retracts into the soilless ground. Cities are built only where the topography offers shelter. It has been centuries since the fall of the ten consecrated orders known as the Knights Radiant, but their Shardblades and Shardplate remain: mystical swords and suits of armor.

    Lore says: "Wow - 45 hours long and leaves you wanting more!"
    "like the characters; enjoyed the story"
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    Would you listen to The Way of Kings again? Why?

    Yes, because there is a depth to the stories that would make a re-hearing at once a familiar friend and new discovery


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked how well thought out the characters and the culture are. I appreciate that terms and names do not feel fake or trendy-- it makes sense.


    What does Kate Reading and Michael Kramer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    They are both solid readers who make distinctions between characters without acting.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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